How to drive around Silverstone. Fast
We enlist British Formula 3 driver Harry Tincknell to guide us around the legendary circuit...
Posted: 09 Jul 2012
Silverstone fascinating fact 1! If you were to line up every single sausage eaten over the Silverstone Grand Prix weekend, they would measure 1.08 miles. That's the equivalent of a lap around the ‘Stowe' circuit.
Silverstone fascinating fact 2! On Sunday alone, over 50,000 hot drinks will be purchased and 10,000 litres of tomato ketchup will be used.
Silverstone fascinating fact 3! Over 100,000 fans are expected to turn up on Sunday to watch 24 drivers race 3.66 miles. It's time for the 2012 British GP.
Clearly, Silverstone is a bit of a big deal on the Formula One calendar; Red Bull racing chiefs Christian Horner and Adrian Newey mark it out as a high point in the calendar, Fernando Alonso will be looking for another victory, and Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will seek a ‘home' victory. It hosted its first GP in 1948, and was the venue for the first ever round of the Formula One world championship in 1950. This place has proper pedigree.
So, we enlisted the help of Cooper Tires British Formula 3 racer Harry Tincknell; a rising star in the F3 ranks who has been on the podium four times this season already. And don't forget, Formula 3 bred such stars as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fitipaldi, Rubens Barrichello and of course, Ayrton Senna.
We asked Harry to give us a quick tutelage in his company Carlin Motorsport F3 racer and, because most people don't own an F3 car, we also asked him to do it in something more affordable: a Caterham Seven Supersport. Now, pay attention at the back...